Video Evidence: Don’t Miss These Artists at XPoNential

Offa Rex — British folk singer Olivia Chaney playing with the Decemberists — performs on Friday. (Shervin Lainez)

The XPoNential lineup is always an impressive mix of old favorites, rated rookies and artists hitting their stride, but this year’s roster looks especially hot. The amazing Hop Along leads a stellar cast of locals that includes No Good SisterThe Dove & The WolfHardwork Movement (whom I seem to write about every week) and more.

There’s lots of WXPN-style star power, too, like Wilco, Charles Bradley, Conor Oberst, Spoon, Chicano Batman, Drive-By Truckers and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Oh, and some rare treats: Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee playing with New Orlena’s famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a set by Offa Rex — in which British folk singer Olivia Chaney fronts the Decemberists.

Since the festival includes multiple stages and venues (Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion), you’re gonna want to study the schedule and do a little research ahead of time. Here are some videos to help you out… Read more »

The Star-Studded NonCommvention Takes Over World Café Live This Week

Ron Gallo plays with Baskery, Laura Marling and Real Estate on Thursday. (Lindsey Michelle Gardner)

WXPN’s annual NON-COMMvention is really an insidery type deal — a place for music programmers from non-commercial/independent/triple-A radio stations from all over the country to gather for panel discussions and performances by big-name talent. Every night (and some afternoons) from May 17 to 19 features acts with new or coming-soon records. Some of them never play a venue this small.

But Pat, you say, I’m not in the biz. How can I see Wednesday’s Blondie/Ani Difranco/Chicano Batman gig, for example?

Check it out: There are still some tickets available for XPN members. And if you’re not one, I bet you know one.


Movies: WXPN Music Film Festival Starts Friday

Billy Crudup is a golden god in Almost Famous.

Billy Crudup is a golden god in Almost Famous.

This weekend, WXPN is putting music on the big screen at the Prince Theater on Broad Street. Let’s take it day by day:

Friday, March 31

Stop Making Sense | 8 p.m.
Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film captured The Talking Heads at or near the height of their power. David Byrne and co. deliver then-hot hits “Psycho Killer,” “Take Me to the River,” “Burning Down the House” and more. Warning: This is not a documentary. (Followed by Land of the Lost Dance Party with DJ Robert Drake playing ’80s favorites.)


Saturday, April 1

The Last Waltz | 5 p.m.
Martin Scorsese documented the 1976 star-studded “final” performance by the revered rock band to widespread critical acclaim. Guests include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, The Staple Singers and a bunch more. Before you go, read up on the behind the scenes stuff — it adds some layers.
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Talia Schlanger Named New Host of WXPN’s “World Cafe”

Talia Schlanger

Photo by David Spowart, courtesy WXPN

Talia Schlanger will take over for David Dye as host of “World Cafe,” WXPN announced today. The news was broken this morning by the Inquirer.

Schlanger, a 31-year-old native of Toronto, came to WXPN from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She hosted a variety of shows on both radio and TV, and has also performed on stage in various shows, including the touring production of the Green Day rock opera American Idiot.

“Like our listeners, I’m here as a music fan first,” Schlanger said in a release from WXPN. “Discovering, sharing and connecting over artists is our collective passion, and it’s my mission to serve that as best I can on World Cafe. David Dye is so beloved and respected because for 25 years, audiences have been able to feel the genuine curiosity, excitement and care he has for the music he plays and for the artists who make it. I know this is a big change, but I hope our devoted World Cafe crowd will feel the same degree of passion and care coming from me as we charge forward with amps blaring.” Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Non-COMMvention Night 3

Car Seat Headrest Photographed by Chris Sikich

Car Seat Headrest
Photographed by Chris Sikich

Non-COMM concluded with arguably the best of the three nights of music on Friday, May 20th. From harmony pairings to classic alternative rock to Philly faves, the evening had something for everyone. My five favorite highlights were: Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Non-COMMvention Night Two

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop Photographed by Chris Sikich

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
Photographed by Chris Sikich

NON-COMM night two brought an eclectic mix of harmonies and musical tastes to a sold-out crowd. All the performers put on quite a show in their small time allotments. The following were the biggest highlights: Read more »


Sunflower Bean Photographed by Chris Sikich

Sunflower Bean
Photographed by Chris Sikich

The 16th NON-COMMvention got underway on Wednesday, May 18th, at World Café with eight solid performances. A three-day convention for contemporary noncommercial music radio stations, it is a unique and spirited affair. The music showcases are quick (usually a half-hour or less) and back to back, so it is a fun challenge to really drink in every performer. The first night was highlight-packed: Read more »

What’s Happening This Month at Dilworth Park


Dilworth Park is hosting free events all summer long every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Pass by the west side of City Hall and you may just see or hear something that sparks your attention. Here, a list of events taking place throughout the month.

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